Starting an internship opens up a large amount of questions you will want answered before you begin. Starting and finish times, lunch hours, dress codes (to name a few) are all issues you would preferably want answered before you start, in order to ensure your first days are as productive as possible.
Across any number of industries the internships and work experience offered will vary wildly. With this in mind, the following article is intended as a broad guideline into how to find the information that will help you start your Internship on the best footing possible.
- Dress code
If you weren’t clear from the interview, calling ahead and checking the dress code of the office is relatively standard. For the time it takes to make a brief phone call and clarify, you can put your own mind at ease and know you’ll be appropriately dressed. As with most things in an Internship you’re not expected to know these things immediately, so it’s perfectly acceptable to ask.
These may seem like tricky topics to address if you’re not sure. However if you weren’t fully informed of these details ahead of your first day you should check to make sure you have all the details correct. Remember not to think of it as “How long do I have to be here for…” and more as you wanting to make sure you’re there on time and meeting all your requirements etc.
- Sick days/Holidays
The holidays you are entitled to will vary depending on the length of your contract, and for some interns can cause some difficulty or awkwardness in raising. While it wouldn’t be recommendable to address the issue as they’re still showing you around the building it is certainly something that’s reasonable to discuss. Again, approaching it as an understanding of requirements and expectations allows everyone to ensure there is no confusion or difficulty. Sick days will most likely be at the discretion of the company, and will probably depend on the situation.
The various issues you’ll face during an internship or work experience may well be unique to your organisation or particular situation, however the way in which you approach the issue will usually remain the same. From the outset you can foster a position of honesty and openness by ensuring you communicate with your employers about any issues or questions you may have.